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Arsenal remain at the top of the Premier League after earning a spirited 3-2 victory over Liverpool in a fiery affair at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners had dropped to second in the standings after Manchester City beat Southampton on Saturday but they returned to the summit following their win over the Reds.

Arsenal prove title credentials

Mikel Arteta has Arsenal firing on all cylinders this season and, with nine games gone, they look like the only serious rivals to Manchester City for the Premier League crown.

Sunday's home clash with Liverpool was a big opportunity to prove they can do it against the biggest names in the division, having already lost to Manchester United.

Arsenal were twice pegged back after goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka were cancelled out by Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino.

But the north Londoners, who had beaten Tottenham last time out in the league, refused to give up and eventually got over the line courtesy of a Saka penalty with around 15 minutes to go.

Sunday's win was Arsenal's first over Liverpool since 2020 and ended a run of seven games without victory against the Reds across all competitions.

Liverpool, meanwhile, remain in 10th and are now without a win in three games following on from draws against Everton and Brighton.

Pressure will be starting to grow on Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool dropping points in six of their eight outings and things don't get much easier as they welcome Manchester City to Anfield next time out.

Liverpool are 13/5 to pick up a win against 17/20 City with the draw priced at 14/5.

City looking unstoppable

Manchester City continue to breeze past every opponent after another emphatic win on Saturday as they beat Southampton 4-0.

Erling Haaland got his 20th goal across all competitions to wrap up the victory after Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez had all found the back of the net.

The result was never in doubt with City on top from the outset and Kevin de Bruyne picked up his ninth assist in as many games.

City trail leaders Arsenal by a point and can be backed at 2/9 to retain the Premier League title.

Chelsea climb into top four

Chelsea have looked much improved since confirming the appointment of former Brighton boss Graham Potter on 8th September.

Potter has overseen two victories in the Premier League after beating Wolves 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, while he's yet to taste defeat across four games in all competitions, including a 3-0 victory over AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Saturday's triumph saw Chelsea climb to fourth and into the Champions League places for the first time this season as they eased beyond managerless Wolves.

The new boss even appears to be getting the best out of England international Mason Mount once again after he laid on two assists for Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic, while Armando Broja added the gloss with a late strike.

On the other side of the result, Wolves seem to be in a spot of both and they now sit 18th in the standings with just one win from their opening nine games and having lost each of their last three.

Scoring goals has been Wolves' major issue and they have hit the back of the net just three times this term - the fewest of any team in the division - and they've failed to register in each of their last three outings.

Chelsea's next outing comes on the road when they head to the Midlands to face Aston Villa and Potter's side are 5/6 to make it four wins on the bounce.

Newcastle looking the real deal

After a big-money takeover just over a year ago, Newcastle are building in an extremely positive direction and Saturday's 5-1 win over Brentford was further evidence of their progress.

Newcastle have only lost once in 2022/23 and they sit fifth after Saturday's victory extended their unbeaten run to four games.

Bruno Guimaraes struck twice with Miguel Almiron, who is Newcastle's top scorer this term, also getting on the scoresheet alongside Jacob Murphy and an Ethan Pinnock own goal.

There was also a welcome return to action for Allan Saint-Maximin from the bench with the winger making his first appearance since 28th August due to injury.

Whether Newcastle can maintain their form and challenge for a European berth remains to be seen but Eddie Howe can certainly be proud of their current performances.

Newcastle head to Manchester United on Sunday and they can be backed at 5/2 to pick up a third successive win at Old Trafford.

Leicester's woes continue

Leicester earned a morale-boosting 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Monday, their first victory of the season, but they were brought crashing back down to earth on Saturday at Bournemouth.

The Foxes led through Patson Daka after 10 minutes and they held that advantage over the Cherries, who are still under the control of interim boss Gary O'Neil, at half time.

Bournemouth, however, came out fighting in the second period and went on to record a 2-1 win following strikes from Philip Billing and Ryan Christie.

The Cherries have yet to taste defeat in five games since O'Neil stepped in on a temporary basis after the sacking of Scott Parker and they sit eighth in the standings.

Spurs get back on track

Tottenham came away on the wrong side of a 3-1 result at Arsenal in the North London derby last weekend and they were held to a goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League on Tuesday.

But they returned to winning ways on Saturday when they edged to a 1-0 victory at Brighton in the Premier League with Harry Kane on the scoresheet.

It was Kane's eighth strike of the season and ensured Spurs, priced at 7/2 to secure a top-two finish, stay third in the standings and four points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

The Seagulls may need some time to adjust to life under the Italian but it's fair to say De Zerbi has had a difficult start with his first two fixtures coming against Liverpool and Spurs.

Brighton earned a very credible 3-3 draw at Anfield and only narrowly went down against Tottenham, suggesting they may deliver when they travel to Brentford on Friday.

Hammers building momentum

West Ham made a terrible start to the season, losing each of their opening three games without scoring a goal, but things are looking much more positive after Sunday's 3-1 win over Fulham.

They have now won back-to-back games in the league for the first time this term have prevailed in five of their last six across all competitions.

The Hammers, who are 7/1 to finish in the top six, have moved up to 13th and can start looking toward the European places with some momentum on their side.

Summer signing Gianluca Scamacca looks to have found his feet after scoring for the third successive game in all competitions, while Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio also registered to cancel out Andreas Pereira's deadlock-breaking effort.

Fulham were once again without top-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic and they don't carry the same threat when the Serbian isn't leading the line.

Next up for West Ham is a trip to Southampton while Fulham, who sit ninth after successive defeats, host Bournemouth.

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